While there are many parts of the PA program at Elon that I could rhapsodize about, the medical Spanish classes hosted by Diana Prieto Viñas each week are one of my favorite things that sets Elon apart. During these 45-minute sessions, students from the PA and PT classes learn about medical Spanish, its nuances, and the importance of communication. We perform mock patient interviews in Spanish, as well as review the necessary vocabulary to talk with our patients. Through these classes, I have been able to communicate with patients at the free clinic when I volunteer, and I feel more confident about my ability to treat a variety of patients, regardless of whether they speak English or Spanish.

-Phia

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